NMDPRA Lauds Shell for Deepening Gas Distribution in Nigeria

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has lauded Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) for its contribution to deepening gas distribution in the country.

Giving a pat on the back of the energy company for its deliberate and active investment in Nigeria was the Chief Executive of NMDPRA, Mr Farouk Ahmed, who added that SNG has been supplying gas for powering industries in key locations in the country.

Mr Ahmed spoke when he met the Managing Director of SNG, Mr Ed Ubong, and the General Manager of Shell Energy Nigeria, Mr Markus Hector, in Abuja recently to discuss how to deepen investments in local gas operations in the country.

“I commend Shell Nigeria Gas for investing heavily in critical gas infrastructure to supply gas for power generation to industries,” adding that his agency was putting in place the right framework to encourage competition, competitive prices, flexibility of supply and investments in gas infrastructure.

“The federal government’s desire to boost infrastructure development, especially in the midstream, necessitated the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) and the NMDPRA will put the necessary regulations to make business favourable to investors,” he said.

The NMDPRA helmsman encouraged SNG to continue to be transparent, responsible and to practise good corporate governance in its business dealings in the country.

On his part, the Managing Director, SNG, Mr Ed Ubong, highlighted that clear guidelines and regulations that support and protect investments are key in boosting investors’ confidence in the industry.

He said, “SNG currently distributes natural gas for power generation to industrial clusters around Ogun, Abia, Bayelsa, Rivers and Lagos States and we are currently exploring markets along with the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline project for an investment opportunity to take gas to industries up north of Nigeria.”

Speaking in the same vein, General Manager, Shell Energy Nigeria, Mr Markus Hector, commended the Federal Government for enacting the Petroleum Industry Act which he said would support the growth of the gas industry in Nigeria.

“There are vast business opportunities for Shell gas business in Nigeria and we plan to significantly expand our investment in gas distribution under the right regulatory environment,” Mr Hector said.

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